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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Mar01

By Kent Larsen

PBS News Program Looks at LDS Missionaries

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The PBS weekly news program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly spent 10 minutes of its half-hour program this weekend looking at the missionary program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reporter John Dancy interviewed Elder Earl C. Tingey, Executive Director of the LDS Church's Missionary Department. President David Wirthlin of the Provo Missionary Training Center and several returned missionaries. The program even drew on the film "God's Army" to get a picture of the Church's missionary program.

The news program discovered, among the well-known facts about the MTC, some that aren't as widely known. The center now teaches 48 languages regularly, and has the ability to teach more if needed. It has also adopted computerized training systems that help missionaries learn both the grammar and pronunciation of their assigned language.

According to the story, 40% of young LDS men agree to serve missions each year, adding to the 600,000 that have served to date. The program claimed that on average each missionary converts 10 people during two years of service, accounting for the 300,000 converts that join the LDS Church each year through missionaries.

Five returned missionaries were interviewed by reporter Dancy, telling him about their experiences and how their faith was strengthened on their missions. The program also mentioned the film "God's Army," sayingt that it depicts "one of the most controversial aspects of Mormonism -- missionaries trying to convert members of other faiths." But the report merely mentions that this is controversial, staying away from any investigation of why it is controversial or what others think about the missionary program.


God's Army: Mormon Missionaries
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly 24Mar01 N1
By John Dancy


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